Basti by. Intizar Husain. general information | review summaries | our review Urdu title: بستى; Translated and with a Translator’s Note by Frances W. The central figure is Zakir, and the novel begins in his childhood, in the. This item:Basti (New York Review Books Classics) by Intizar Husain Paperback “Intizar Husain is the most important writer of fiction in Urdu, the strangely. In Urdu, basti means any space, from the most intimate to the most universal, translator notes at the close of the novel, Intizar Husain’s Basti is an imperfect.

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Basti by Intizar Hussain

Like kites with their strings cut, that go flying and come down on a roof somewhere. Mar 01, Ian rated it urfu it. Nov 24, Stella rated it really liked it. Utdu Hussain was a prominent Urdu writer, this book is an English translation of his much acclaimed book Basti.

Critics, often driven by ideological imperatives, considered it to be a lesser novel for its evident refusal to apportion blame or affix responsibility.

My first and last journey with her. It is also a very clear, very real invocation of living in a war-torn city, Lahore in to be exact, to be in a place that alternates between the shouts and shots on the streets to the quiet nights of curfew and black-out. Not given to holding forth on any subject, least of all his own writings, his world view or his compulsions as a writer, Intizar sahab prefers to be a quiet observer contributing little to the conversation that eddies and flows about him, even when the conversation is about him or his craft as a story teller.


In her introduction, she mentions the issues with the text, but she seldom falters on this account. Reviewed by Raza Rumi.

Mar 06, Seth Reeves rated it it was ok. Preview — Basti by Intizar Hussain. There was a lot of brutality, misinformation, bias, bloodshed and upheaval from both events itnizar no cathartic national process instead we just moved on a chose to believe the convenient truth which suited each side. Candidate for the Great Pakistani novel.

Inside me, times and places are topsy-turvy. An important step that now needs to be taken is ensuring that Basti turns into a vital part of English curricula across the spectrum of public and private educational institutions.

It isn’t always the easiest to follow as the story jumps around a lot in to memories and dreams, which also reference traditional Buddhist, Hindu and Muslim stories and, as someone without an ibtizar of these stories, I think a lot of the symbolism and meaning went over my head. The ocean, of water from the rivers; the raja, of dominion; the rich huxain, of wealth; the learned man, of knowledge; the foolish mam, of folly; the tyrant, of oppression.

Pakistan must own the FATF project. And it makes a powerful argument for the humanities — there are forces that, when you’re living them, espeically, cannot be understood by science or journalism alone.

Translation of celebrated Urdu novel Basti reveals search for a homeland

Come and join them, before silver fills the part in her hair, and your head becomes a drift of snow, and our lives are merely a story. That year turns everything topsy-turvy, and more so, it transforms the fate of the basti settlement. Of course, the parallels are strong. He was intlzar of the leading literary figures of Pakistan. Jusain nostalgia is not comforting, there is that disquiet air that runs through his works, and Bastiarguably the finest novel on Partition, is no different.


Unfortunately that love never had the opportunity to develop and so there is an overwhelming sense of longing throughout the majority of this book.

It is being published in Pakistan by Sang-e-Meel Publishers. There is a very helpful glossary, though, which I wish I’d discovered earlier in the book. Then Zakir, the hero, wakes to the modern world. Though actually this is beautiful book, filled with lyrical memories of exploration in time, place, and faith.

Irdu evocative and a fine glimpse into another culture. The complete review ‘s Review:. Books by Intizar Hussain. But what’s the good of clarity? Updated December 30, Prisoner accord If Pakistan hopes to bring back to own prisons people sentenced abroad, it is even more reason to reform jail system.

Which stories saw the the biggest audience in the last 12 months? So, that huxain a very positive aspect of this story, it encouraged me to learn more about the precursors and ramifications of the conflicts that aroused in this region over the past centuries. Dec 26, Ming rated it it was ok.